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Avalere Research at a Glance: Medicare Advantage Delivers Better Outcomes for Chronically Ill Low-Income Beneficiaries August 3, 2018

  Medicare Advantage health plans specialize in caring for some of the fastest growing and most clinically complex populations, dually-eligible beneficiaries and those managing multiple chronic conditions. New research conducted by Avalere found dually-eligible beneficiaries in Medicare…

Research at a Glance: Medicare Advantage Achieves Better Outcomes for Beneficiaries with Chronic Conditions Relative to Traditional Fee-for-Service Medicare July 27, 2018

To date, there have been few comprehensive analyses of the outcomes achieved in Medicare Advantage compared to Traditional Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medicare. New research conducted by Avalere is changing that. Researchers found Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with…

Research at a Glance: Demographic Characteristics of Chronically Ill Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries Relative to Traditional Fee-For-Service Medicare July 20, 2018

It’s critical for policymakers to have demographic information on Medicare utilization, cost, and outcomes, given that the majority of Medicare spending is on beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions. Last week Avalere released a new report…

Research at a Glance: A Comparative Overview of Medicare Advantage and Traditional Fee-For-Service Medicare July 11, 2018

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Medicare will spend more than a trillion dollars by 2022, half of which will be spent on just 15 percent of beneficiaries. That 15 percent…

The Deeper Dive
Evolution of Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage May 14, 2018

Medicare Advantage is required to provide all of the basic benefits covered by Traditional Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans also may offer supplemental benefits, which are benefits not covered under FFS Medicare. Common supplemental…

GUEST ALLY BLOG: The Good News for Medicare Beneficiaries April 19, 2018

Bob Blancato and Meredith Ponder Whitmire Three recent pieces of news out of Washington, D.C., may mean more certainty and better coverage for current and future beneficiaries of Medicare — the federal health program for…

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